Editors Eric Hansen, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA Rajat Panwar, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, USA Richard Vlosky, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA This book covers a wide array of topics that have relevance to the global forest products. This managerial view, based on up-to-date scientific research, is a very important tool for forming the “big picture” of the current and future state of the global forest industry. This is the first book of its kind written by a global network of leaders in the field of forest products, marketing, and business development in the forest products sector in academia ...

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is on its way. After a rather cold winter I know many of our members are ready to see it go. I know this guy is: This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for SWST as we continue to gain international members and prepare for the conference in Zvolen, Slovakia. It will be an outstanding opportunity to meet with wood scientists from all over the world and to see Slovakia. I look forward to seeing you all there. Dave

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Raw timber export is estimated to rise by 33 percent this year, in the lead-up to a nationwide ban on the commodity. Burma’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry announced mid-last year that the banning of raw timber export sales will go into effect on 1 April 2014. Bar Bar Cho, secretary of the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association (MTMA) said the steep rise in exports could be a result of the announcement. “On average, the annual value of timber export was between US$600 to 800 million, but we are likely to see a rise in the number – estimated between ...

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Company Overview Founded in 1926, we are a leading international forest products company structured as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), with three core businesses: Timber, Real Estate and Performance Fibers. We employ approximately 1,800 employees in five countries and own, lease or manage some 2.5 million acres of timber and land in the U.S. and New Zealand, including 200,000 acres of high value real estate located primarily along the S.E. U.S coast. Timber is the foundation of our business. We grow and sell timber for use by pulp, paper, lumber and other wood product manufacturers in the U.S. and ...

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Three members of the UBC Faculty of Forestry will be honoured with Scientific Achievement Awards from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in recognition of their distinguished achievements in forest science. Prof. Rob Kozak of Wood Science is one of them. http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/2014/02/three-forestry-professors-recognized-for-achievements/

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The claim making the rounds of environmental non-governmental organizations is that whole mature trees are being used to make wood pellets, and that this results in carbon emissions that are at least as bad as coal if not worse. This claim—erroneous though it is—has led to multiple negative stories in the press, resulting in public relations problems for wood pellet manufacturers in the US South and utilities in the UK and EU. A good deal of the misinformation reported in the media stems from a lack of understanding about the wood supply chain and how trees are used in manufacturing ...

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A new BioRenewable Systems (BRS) graduate program (abe.psu.edu/graduateprograms) in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State is now accepting applications for Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. The BRS research program integrates science and technology with business for bio-based products, materials, and systems. Opportunities are available to study forest and agricultural based systems, agricultural safety and health, and integrated biorefinery issues including: feedstock production, logistics, and machine systems; conversion technologies; and value stream outputs including energy, food, feed, fuel, chemicals and other products. Two and three-year assistantship support is available for high ...

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